Are you doing work and getting a few things done? Is that what it takes? Is that all it takes?
People often talk about their work as a path for income. A means to an end.
Is that really you or do you want a little more?
Chances are good you’re interested doing a little more than just getting by. You may have some interest in supporting the mission of the team, helping to grow the business or even simply be recognized as a top performer. In other cases, you may have interest in growing your career. And for some, all of these things apply.
Everyone who has an interest in doing a little bit more can change their language to help them make a change. Yes, it may be that simple.
Changing your language has many benefits. It will not only change your outlook but may also change your levels of comfort and confidence.
Instead of simply, doing the work, what if you thought about it with a different goal? Doing the work means your goal is to finish the job. However, if your quest is to improve your work things start to change a little.
People often seek a change, they want to pivot, improve, do something better or different. It applies to everything from how they are perceived by their boss, peers, and direct reports; to bigger loftier goals or even a career move.
What you tell yourself will condition what happens next for you. If you go to work each day to simply do the work, you’re probably not going to make any kind of change. You’ll be stuck.
Instead, go to improve your work. Do it for yourself, your team, or the customer.
You’ll grow through the process of persistently working towards something more.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.